April 19, 2019

H.E. George Sharvashidze, new Ambassador of Georgia

H.E. George Sharvashidze, new Ambassador of Georgia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Permanent Representative of Georgia to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has assumed his position on December 1, 2018. He presented his Letters of Credence to His Majesty King Willem-Alexander on December 19, 2018. The Ambassador most recently served as the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. Prior to his posting as the Deputy Minister, he enjoyed a successful 11-year career in private sector. He worked for JSC Sarajishvili, one of the oldest iconic Georgian brandy manufacturing company, holding a position…

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H.E. Mr. Shujjat Ali Rathore, Ambassador of Pakistan

H.E. Shujjat Ali Rathore, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Born on April 17, 1964 in Lahore, Pakistan Holds B.Sc. (Hons) in Marine Science from the University of Karachi Joined Foreign Service of Pakistan in 1992 Served at Headquarters as: Section Officer (Middle East), (1994-1995) Staff Officer to the Foreign Minister, (1999-2001) Director (Finance), (2007-2009) Director General (Headquarters, Finance & Special Projects) 2015-2017 Director General (Foreign Minister Office) 2017 Held various diplomatic assignments in the following Pakistan Missions abroad: Second Secretary (Political Affairs), Embassy of Pakistan, Damascus (1995-1999) Consul, Consulate of Pakistan, Birmingham…

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H.E. Mr. Peter Hoekstra, Ambassador of the USA

On Wednesday, January 10, H.E. Peter Hoekstra presented his credentials to King Willem-Alexander to officially become the 67th U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands. Ambassador Hoekstra was driven to Paleis Noordeinde in a ceremonial state coach accompanied by his wife Diane. Upon arrival at the palace, the Ambassador inspected the Koninklijke Militaire Kapel Johan Wilem Friso, which played the U.S. National Anthem, and a Guard of Honor.Peter Hoekstra, was born in Groningen and immigrated with his family to the United States.  He became a prominent politician and business executive with a long history of public service. The Ambassador served as a Member of Congress for eighteen…

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H.E. Mr. Abdel Sattar Issa, Ambassador of Lebanon

By Roy Lie Atjam. An interesting phenomenon has been taking place over the past months, its the coming and going of many Ambassadors. One of the newly arrived is the Ambassador of Lebanon. With a new government in place, Lebanon has assigned an Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. H.E. Mr. Abdel Sattar Issa is the new Ambassador for Lebanon to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. He has assumed his position in February 2018. Ambassador Issa is fluent in Arabic, French and English. Abdel Sattar Issa is a holder of a Bachelor Degree in Law(Lebanon) and a Master degree in…

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H.E. Dr. Hisham Al-Alawi: Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq

By Guido Lanfranchi. H.E. Dr. Hisham Al-Alawi is the new Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to the Kingdomof the Netherlands. A diplomat and a medical doctor, H.E. Dr. Al-Alawi succeeds to H.E.Mr. Saywan BarzaniJust a few days before Koningsdag, H.E. Dr. Hisham Al-Alawi presented the diplomaticcredentials to His Majesty King Willem-Alexander, thus formalizing his role as the newIraqi Ambassador to The Netherlands. H.E. Dr. Al-Alawi, who arrives to The Netherlandsafter a post as Ambassador to Turkey, will represent Iraq to both the Dutch governmentand the many international organizations based in The Hague, such as the OPCW.In his dense career, H.E….

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H.E. Mr. Lawrence Lenayapa, Ambassador of the Republic of Kenya

H.E. Ambassador Lawrence Lenayapa, new Ambassador of the Republic of Kenya to the Kingdom to the Netherlands,  also the Permanent Representative of Kenya to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and leader of Kenya’s delegation to other International Organizations in the Netherlands. Ambassador Lenayapa arrived in the Netherlands at the beginning of August 2018 and presented his Letters of Credence to His Majesty King Willem-Alexander on 29 August 2018. The Ambassador most recently served as the State House Comptroller for the Kenyan Presidency and was also formerly the Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Mineral…

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